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    Do I need translations of mantras to use them.


    Interested in using the mantras effectively? wondering if the english transalations can be effective too? On this page our experts shall provide you answers to tihs question.

    I speak English and I am wondering if I need to know the English translations of mantras for them to be effective for me as I am beginning to try change my life for the better and connect with Hindu Gods.
    Thank you so much in advance for the replies.
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  • No. Translation of mantras is not done so far by anybody and the pronunciation is very important for these mantras to be effective. Any mistake in pronunciation may give a completely different meaning and one may not get the desired positive result and sometimes it may result in adverse effects also.
    These mantras are to learn from a Guru directly. Even we need not see a book and read. We have to sit with a Guru and follow him. While he chants the mantra you also have to chant. That is how the learning goes. Nowadays there are books where these mantras are printed. They are in Sanskrit and you can read them but you will not get the required Rythm. For that, you have to go to a guru.
    You can ask somebody to type those words in the mantra in English ( Not translation) and read them after hearing from a Guru.
    Thes best way is to contact a person who can teach you and learn from him. Nowadays some people are teaching online also.

    drrao
    always confident

  • First of all accept my best wishes and congrats for choosing Hindu Gods to follow and pray and want to recite Mantras which is the added quality of yours and also knowing the translations of the same has further escalated your belonging to our Hindus Gods. In Hindus, we have many Gods, some Gods are called Vaishnavites who pray the cult of Vishnu and his avatars. Some follow the Shivaites and recite the slokas and Mantras pertaining to Shiva and his followers. There are Goddess like Lakshmi for wealth, Saraswathi for knowledge and wisdom, Mahankali for strength and energy and so on. So the Mantras are recited to please the Individual God and it is therefore imperative for you to chose which God and follow him immensely.

    What I advise is to follow Lord Ganesha, who is considered to be the supreme God and he is being prayed and worshiped before start of any function, occasion or any celebrations. And this God is the obstacle remover and therefore praying and pleasing him with slokas and Mantras would be great achievement and satisfaction.

    K Mohan @ Moga
    'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
    Even this challenging situation would ease

  • You have made an interesting query regarding Mantras. The fact is that these Mantras are to be recited in a proper way and their pronunciation is also important. They are actually to be chanted in a very melodious and subtle ways to make their effect on the surroundings as well as on the person reciting them.

    Now let us come to your question that whether one can chant their translation in some other language and in your case in English language or not. Here one has to be a little innovative if one wants to do that in such a strange but sincere fashion. So one has to get hold of a guru who can provide some good translation and tell as how it is to be pronounced. If one can chant it in one's language in the same tune and rhythm and meditate on it then it could be possible. There are certain things that need not to be translated. For example 'Om' which itself is a mantra and chanting it gives a lot of energy to its users. It can be used by you also in its native form as it is very simple to chant it.

    Incidentally ISCKON (Hare Krishna, Hare Rama) has done some good work in this direction and they have translated material from various scriptures and given their explanation. Reading those books might help one to proceed ahead in this direction. These books are reasonably priced and are available from them.

    Knowledge is power.

  • Your intention is welcomed. At the same time it is advised that trying to get the translations of mantras are not necessary to chant with devotion and can be tracked only for some research purpose. Doing research on the Mantras is not correct as they have their own energy and power.
    An eminent scholar Shri P. R. Ramachander did many slokas into other languages with meaning and you can avail them for chanting and not for doing any research etc., You can get the workings of Shri P. R. R. through https://sanskritdocuments.org/sites

  • Though chanting of mantras requires some specific tone and this can be achieved through a veteran Guru well versed in Sanskrit. These Pandits are well versed in the recitations of Mantas with the proper understanding of the inner meaning of the so called Mantras.
    The Hindu Gods and Goddesses will be pleased with the recitation of Mantras in the clear tones and pronunciations of the Mantras.
    Lord Visnu, Lord Shiva, Maa Durga, Godess Sarswati, Godess Lakshmi, Lord Gansha are our favourite God/ Goddesses and to please them we chant mantras with the proper pronounciations/ chanting of mantas.
    Your approach is right that you should be familiar with the inner meaning of mantas to be chanted. Your devotion will be meaningless without knowing the inner theme of such mantras.
    In India specially in Varanasi, you may have different publications helping you to get translations of such Mantras and also you may get specialised Guru in this place guiding you how to chant Mantras of various God/ Goddess.

  • Though chanting of mantras requires some specific tone and this can be achieved through a veteran Guru well versed in Sanskrit. These Pandits are well versed in the recitations of Mantas with the proper understanding of the inner meaning of the so called Mantras.
    The Hindu Gods and Goddesses will be pleased with the recitation of Mantras in the clear tones and pronunciations of the Mantras.
    Lord Visnu, Lord Shiva, Maa Durga, Godess Sarswati, Godess Lakshmi, Lord Gansha are our favourite God/ Goddesses and to please them we chant mantras with the proper pronounciations/ chanting of mantas.
    Your approach is right that you should be familiar with the inner meaning of mantas to be chanted. Your devotion will be meaningless without knowing the inner theme of such mantras.
    In India specially in Varanasi, you may have different publications helping you to get translations of such Mantras and also you may get specialised Guru in this place guiding you how to chant Mantras of various God/ Goddess.

  • A Mantra is believed to give results by repeating it over and over (like 108, 1008,100000, etc or as prescribed in the texts or by the Guru) regularly or for a prescribed period of time or every day in life.
    Like a song a mantra also has its lyric, and tone. It has a specific way of pronunciation- rather a prescribed intonation. Then, the mantra can have a meaning also. But all mantra need not have a outwardly comprehensible meaning also. But usually the common chanted mantras have their meaning in two or more levels. The one which is commonly understood by a beginner or initial level learner is the literal meaning of the lyrics in the mantra. The higher level one is the hidden or non-explicit meaning, which can be understood only by deep learning under a suitable Guru.
    Chanting a mantra with knowing its meaning and purpose will turn our mind and body towards that focus and that will speed up the result. Even without knowing the meaning also mantras are effective if chanted with devotion and right intonation. Mantras create vibration on right chanting with proper intonations prescribed to that Mantra.
    But knowing the meaning and learning will be easier if one gets the translation of the mantra in one's own language. Translation helps that way. Otherwise it is to be chanted in its original form is. But for normal common prayer verses one can have translations as one prays to God in one's own language and thoughts.

  • Thank you all so much for your answers. They warm my heart! I am currently listening to a mantra on You Tube. It is so beautiful, it has brought tears to my eyes. I know the purpose of the mantra; i just don't understand the words. I thought it might be more effective if I could understand them. Thank you all again so much for your time. CJ

  • Mantra means a sound and a tool for the mind and a particular kind of energy that it is provided to a different part of the body by uttering it properly. Mantras come from the Sanskrit language which is sound sensitive. We know that different people from different region/state/country has their own way or slang of speaking a language which is seen while chanting the mantras. Due to this slang, the real effect is lost as it tends to distort many mantras. For eg: People speaking English or Hindi from Kerala may be different than people from Maharashtra, different form people from Bengal, different form people from Bihar or from people from the UK, Dubai, etc.

    Q: I speak English and I am wondering if I need to know the English translations of mantras for them to be effective for me?
    A: Sadhguru explains that sound is important, not the meaning. The sound and the form that is connecting becomes much more effective and right kind of ambience within this physiological, psychological framework and also in the atmosphere when pronounced the way it has to be sounded thus one needs to get real training under a guru to impart correct sound while chanting it.

    There are different types of mantras which a particular kind of energy which is a very powerful mean but improper utterance of mantras can cause lots of damage than good. By chanting mantras out loud gives profound effects on our brain waves and also a good meditation tool for beginners.

    “The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in." — Morrie Schwartz

  • Mantra has a power or energy which flows in our body while we chant any mantra.
    Frequencies are generated as we started to chanting a mantra and these frequencies affects our internal body our mind and our soul. Each word generated its different frequency.

    Each letter of mantra has a meaning but we do not to worry about its meaning as mantra gives its effect by their original form.
    I understood when we know the meaning of any word or complete mantra it feels like we know what we are saying but whether we knew or don't know about it but the effects will be depends on your chanting only.

    We can understand it by this way like when we feel sick or unhealthy we used to go our doctor and they prescribe us some medicine, we buy them and have them but how many of us know about the compositions of the medicines, I don't think many of us would be aware by the composition but still we have it with this confident that after taking this we will be fine and we do the same.
    Same way mantra works, so do not worry about meaning of these mantras just start chanting with the belief that your chanting voice is connecting you with the power of God.
    When we chant the generated energy energize our body first then help to heal our body and finally connected with us. Just do chanting in your mind and see the power of chanting mantras.

    Swati Sharma

    Keep your Face to the SunShine


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